Fazioli Pianoforti

WINNERS | The Pianists of the next generation

WINNERS | The pianists of the next generation
Fazioli Concert Hall hosts four unmissable concerts organised in partnership with E.R.T. - Ente Regionale Teatrale,
to put the spotlight on the pianists of the next generation in a series feat. winners of prestigious international competitions.

SACILE – May, 10th was the kick-off date of the “Winners 2017” concert series, dedicated to young winners of some of the most prestigious international competitions! For many years, next to its main concert season, FAZIOLI has been promoting events aiming at putting the spotlight on the musicians of the next generation.

For the second year in a row, the series was supported by E.R.T. – Ente Regionale Teatrale (Regional Theatre Organisation), which has opened up to the music world following a recent recognition received from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Sharing the Winners’ mission, they decided to support this series devoted to young international talents selected from the most prestigious piano competitions. “The short piano series taking place in Sacile organised in partnership with Fazioli Pianoforti has a special value and an ambition which tells it apart from other concert series” highlights Alessandro Malcangi, president of the E.R.T., who adds “We hope it will soon become these young multi award winning, artists of the international piano scene. Not only a springboard, but also one of the most prestigious engagements of their careers".

The series counted 4 concerts, distributed over a month (May, 10th and 24th, June 7th and 14th), and enhanced the existing relationship between the prestigious piano company and some of the most important international piano competitions: from the “Premio Venezia” to the “Jaques Samuel Pianos” Intercollegiate Competition in London, form the “Premio Trio” in Trieste to the “Rina Sala Gallo” International Piano Competition in Monza. A way to question the outcomes and the value these contests have on young musicians: “Today we are witnessing a proliferation of piano competitions, hundreds of which not even registered and of heterogeneous level” explains Paolo Fazioli, founder of the famous piano company, “And yet, if they keep on drawing young musicians from all over the world, it means that they retain their purpose, acknowledged by operators in the sector and musicians alike.”  It is undeniable that competitions are still the best way of strengthening those psychological and physical features needed to tackle the not so easy life of a concert pianist. A competition against oneself rather than against others, striving to reach a mastery of the repertoire and submitting to the judgment of eminent juries.

With the WINNERS series, we want to put the spotlight on those young musicians who, thanks to their outstanding technique and interpretative skills, have succeeded in the difficult task of emerging among many other extremely talented competitors.

On Wednesday, May 10th, the curtain rose on the winners of the Premio Venezia 2016, crown jewel of the "Amici della Fenice" Foundation: the eighteen-year-old Nicolas Giacomelli, second prize, who performed music by Liszt, Brahms and Prokof'ev, and the Russian Elena Nefedova, first prize, who played pieces by Liszt and Grieg.

Nicolas Giacomelli, born in 1998, graduated with top marks and honorable mention at the Conservatory of Bologna when he was only 16. He is currently attending the sixth year of his Master degree in composition and since 2010, he has been a student of Leonid Margarius’s at the prestigious “Incontri col Maestro” International Academy in Imola. Since 2007 he has won twenty-four national prizes, eleven international prizes and fifteen special awards. We remember in particular his winning of the Piano Campus Competition in 2016, whose jury was presided by Michel Dalberto, and the “Casella Prize” received at the Premio Venezia 2016. He has to his credit more than fifty concerts in Italy and abroad. In June 2016 he was rewarded by the Italian Deputy Chamber as musical excellence among the Italian music graduates.

Born in Moscow in 1990, Elena Nefedova started playing the piano at the age of 5, soon landing at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under the guidance of Vera Gornostaeva, last student of the legendary pianist and teacher Heinriche Neuhaus. She moved to Rome in 2011 and graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in 2015. Since 2011, she has been studying with M° Ivan Donchev. She has been assigned a number of scholarships by the New Names Foundation and the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, in addition to the one awarded by the President of the Russian Federation. Winner of various competitions, her passionate concert activity flanks the teaching and she regularly takes part in International Master Classes asan accompanist.

On Wednesday, May 24th
it was the turn of Italian Australian pianist Jonathan Ferrucci (1990), winner of the “Jaques Samuel Pianos” Intercollegiate Competition in London, with a programme feat. music by Bach, Schubert and Ravel.

Jonathan Ferrucci graduated in 2014 con il massimo dei voti e la lode from the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence under the guidance of Giovanni Camassi. He passed the entrance exam of the Royal Academy of Music as well as of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and he decided for the latter where, holding a scholarship, he’s currently attending the last year of his Master’s degree with Joan Havill.
He has recently performed at the Barbican Center and at the Wigmore Hall, presenting a repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartok, but his concerts have already brought him to Italy, the UK, Denmark, Hungary, Japan and Australia. His participation in master classes held by Dimitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Bruno Canino, and in particular Angela Hewitt, Robert Levin and Aldo Ciccolini, have had a very strong influence on his musical sensitivity and artistic responsibility.

On Wednesday, June 7th
, the only intrusion in the world of chamber music of the series was given by the Lavrynenko-Guliei Duo (cello-piano), winner of the prestigious Premio Trio di Trieste, with a programme which, oscillating between Beethoven and Prokof'ev, highlighted the amazing skills of the pianist Volodymyr Lavrynenko, also winner of the last edition of the Schubert Competition in Dortmund, apart from the impressive understanding with his musical partner, the cellist Olena Guliei.

Born in 2014 at the Hochschule für Musik in Hampburg, the Lavrynenko–Gulei Duo owes his fortune to the extraordinary harmony exsisting between its members: cellist Olena Guliei (1989) graduated at the Kiev Conservatory with top marks and honourable mention under the guidance of Viktoria Kulikova. She worked with the Ukraine National Symphonic Orchestra as well as with the prestigious Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Volodymyr Lavrynenko, born in 1984 and who also graduated in Kiev, is winner of the 2016 International Franz Schubert Competition in Dortmund. In September 2015, the Duo has won the 16th “Premio Trio di Trieste”, being also awarded the “Dario De Rosa” Special Prize for the best Brahms performance and the Audience Award. The Duo has increased the number of their concerts in Italy, in connection with the Competition, and recently recorded their first CD. Their repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary works.

The series will reached its end on Wednesday, 14th June with Alexander Panfilov, winner of the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Monza. The young Russian pianist demonstrated his amazing technical and interpretative skills with pieces by Scarlatti, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov.

His debut with the Moscow Philharmonie in 2009 and at the Carnegie Weill Hall in New York in 2011, opened the doors for Alexander Panfilov of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, from the Musikverein in Vienna to London’s Wigmore Hall. Panfilov began his studies at the Gnessin Music School in his hometown Moscow, to continue at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2012, thanks to a scholarship, he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Graham Scott and where he obtains the highest accolades destined to the students. The Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition is only one of the many competitions where he gained the podium! He has studied with Masters like Robert Levin, Martin Roscoe, Michel Beroff, Dmitry Bashkirov, Nelson Goerner, Richard Goode, Noriko Ogawa, Andrea Bonatta and Frank Wibaut. His wide repertoire includes more than 20 piano concertos.


Fazioli Concert Hall
Via Ronche 47 – 33077 Sacile PN
Tel. +39 0434 72026 – 72576 interno 3

Ente Regionale Teatrale
del Friuli Venezia Giulia
Via Marco Volpe, 13 – 33100 Udine
Tel. +39 0432 224211/24

Fazioli Pianoforti s.p.a.
Cap. Soc. € 1.000.000,00 i.v.
C.F. e P. IVA: IT 00425600939
Via Ronche, 47 - 33077 Sacile (PN)
Tel. +39.0434.72026

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